The ICC World Cup 2019 will be played from May 30 in England and Wales and the hosts England are being considered to be heavy favourites to lift their first ever 50-overs ICC trophy. Recently the England Cricket Board announced their preliminary squad for the upcoming mega ICC event and series against Pakistan.
With the series against Pakistan around the corner the things are only getting tougher for the host England. Three players have sustained injuries in three consecutive days.
After England opener Alex Hales declared taking an ‘indefinite break’ from cricket due to ‘personal reasons,’ another opener of the side was feared to be in danger of missing the all-important ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Jason Roy who is considered to be one of the most prolific openers recently suffered a potential injury scare while playing for Surrey against Essex in Royal London One-Day Cup.
The hard-hitting batsman retired hurt with a back spasm while playing for Surrey against Essex in the Royal London One-Day Cup, giving England another headache before the World Cup.
Roy has been troubled by several injuries in recent times. Earlier this season, he had suffered a hamstring injury during the County Championship match against Essex which dashed his hopes of staking his claim for a place in the England Test side. But fortunately, he recovered in time for the one-day games. He made his comeback in Surrey’s loss to Gloucestershire. Surrey were all out for just 88 in that game.
The game against Essex was his his third game after recovering. He was batting on 16 off 12 balls including three fours before he pulled up and received treatment from the physio on the field. The right-hander attempted to continue but soon decided to walk off the field. As per reports, it was first thought that he had gone down with a recurrence of his hamstring injury before it was later confirmed that is was a case of back spasm.
After Jason Roy, England’s middle-order batsman Sam Billings sustained a shoulder injury while fielding for Kent in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The injury has put his participation in the upcoming series against Ireland in jeopardy.
Billings who was playing India Premier League, went back to England to play for Kent in Royal London One-Day Cup for Kent to prepare for the upcoming series against Pakistan and Ireland.
Sam Billing sustained an injury while fielding for Kent. The 27-year-old hurt himself while diving to stop the ball at mid-off in Cardiff. He was yelling in pain, and team physio had to give him oxygen in the field before he went out of the field in the second over of the match.
Billings, who has been named in England’s ODI team to face Ireland but was not in the preliminary World Cup squad. It was a good opportunity for Billings to push his case for the World Cup but going by now he is not likely to play a part in the game. Although the final reports of the tests are yet to come.
Apart from Jason Roy and Sam Billings, World Cup-bound Joe Denly has also suffered a back spasm while playing for Kent.
Denly hasn’t actually played an ODI since 2009, but made the preliminary World Cup squad and appeared in decent touch when making 56 from 69 balls in Kent’s RLC match at Bristol.
Joe Denly’s return to action with Kent endured a gruelling start as he suffered an injury during Tuesday’s Royal London One-Day Cup defeat to Gloucestershire.
The Englishman was making his first appearance since returning from his time with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Having injured himself on his way to 56 from 69 balls as his side’s second highest scorer, Denly was confined to a spectator role when Kent took to the field.
Kent assistant-coach Allan Donald said: “Joe Denly suffered a back spasm while batting that we need to manage and it just adds to the most vicious injury cycle I have ever known. When you see Sean Dickson and Zak Crawley bowling in a game it shows the lengths to which we are suffering.”
“The players are hurting, but there is nothing we can do but stay together, be patient and see this period through. I hope there is some reward at the end of it and we can come out winning something at the end of the season. Then we might be able to look back on our start and smile. But at the moment, with so many players missing, it is very tough to take.”